Originally named Royals through stints in Rochester an Cincinnati the team changed it name to Kings upon moving to Kansas City to avoid confusion with their MLB club also known as Royals.
Keith Smart 2011/12-
Sleep Train Arena 1988/89-
1985/86: Playing in the 10,333-seat Sacramento Sports Arena, which would be renamed ARCO Arena the Kings played in front of sold out crowds every night. In their first season in California's Capital City the Kings would post a 37-45 record while finishing in fifth place in the Midwestern Division. Despite their poor record the Kings would sneak into the playoffs. However, it would be a quick exit as they are swept in three straight by the Houston Rockets.
1986/87: In their 2nd season in Sacramento the Kings would stumble out of the gate losing 20 of their first 28 games. The Kings would continue to struggle into the New Year when Coach Phil Johnson is fired with Kings lingering in last place with a record of 14-32. Under Johnson's replacement Jerry Reynolds the Kings would play slightly better escaping last place by one game but missing the playoffs with a record of 29-53.
1987/88: Hoping greatness would inspire the Kings, the team names NBA legend Bill Russell as their new coach with fellow Hall of Famer Willis Reed serving as one of his assistants. The experiment would not even last the entire season as Reed left to be head Coach of the New Jersey Nets on February 28th, a week later Russell would be fired with Kings holding a horrible record of 17-41. Jack Reynolds would coach the team the remainder of the season as the Kings finished in last place with a 24-58 record. Despite the struggles the fans of Sacramento would sell out every single home game.
1988/89: The Kings would move into a larger castle, as a brand new arena also named ARCO Arena would open with a capacity of 16,517. However, the Kings would still struggle posting a 27-55 record as they finished in sixth place in their first season in the Pacific Division. It would also be a year of transition for the Kings roster as several changes were made before and during the season. The Kings would trade Reggie Theus to the Atlanta Hawks for Randy Wittman, picked up guards Ricky Berry and Vinny Del Negro in the draft, while trading Otis Thorpe to the Houston Rockets for Rodney McCray and Jim Petersen. In February the Kings dealt Wittman and LaSalle Thompson to the Indiana Pacers for Wayman Tisdale and a draft choice, then sent Joe Kleine and Ed Pinckney to the Boston Celtics for Danny Ainge and Brad Lohaus. Despite the struggles and the trades the Kings would still sell out every single game. Following the season the Kings would win draft lottery selecting 6'10" center Pervis Ellison of Louisville.
1989/90: Prior to the start of the season the Kings would be hit with tragedy as guard Ricky Berry, who had just completed a solid rookie season with 11.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game, committed suicide. The reeling Kings continued to tinker with their roster, as Antoine Carr, Ralph Sampson, and Greg Kite appeared on the scene. In addition the Kings would change coaches firing Jerry Reynolds and bringing in Dick Motta. However, nothing seemed to work as the Kings finished in last place with a woeful 23-59 record.
1990/91: The Kings would become the first team in NBA history to wield four first-round draft choices, selecting forward Lionel Simmons, guard Travis Mays, center Duane Causwell, and forward Anthony Bonner. However, the struggles would continue as the Kings finished in last place with a 25-57 record, losing a record 37 straight games on the road. However, at home the fans remained loyal selling out every single game again.
1991/92: The Kings continued to tinker with their roster in every way trading top draft pick Bill Owens to the Golden State Warriors for Mitch Richmond, while acquiring Spud Webb, and trading away or releasing Travis Mays, Antoine Carr, and Ralph Sampson. However, the struggles would continue as the Kings losing streak climbed to 43 before beating the Magic in Orlando on November 23rd. The Kings would change coaches again firing Dick Motta in the middle of the season. However, under his replacement Rex Hughes the Kings would still finish in last place with a 29-53 record.
1992/93: Under new Coach Gary St. Jean the Kings would continue to struggle, as they were plagued with injuries losing all five opening day starters for extended stretches during the season, as they finished in last place again with a horrible 25-57 record. It would be the seventh straight season in which the Kings failed to win at least 30 games.
1993/94: With top draft pick Bobby Hurley the all-time college assist leader at Duke the Kings had a renewed optimism entering the season. However, 19 games into the season the optimism would be wiped out, as Hurley was involved in a life-threatening automobile accident. His injuries included a fractured back, multiple rib fractures, a fractured shoulder, a torn trachea, and torn knee ligaments. The Kings would go on to finish in sixth place with a terrible 28-54 record. However, Mitch Richmond would provide Kings Fans with something to cheer about by becoming the first Kings in 19 years to start the All-Star Game while averaging 23.4 ppg.
1994/95: Bobby Hurley would return to play, but it was clear he would never be the same player they drafted as he struggled all season. However, with the arrival of rookies Brian Grant and Michael Smith the Kings had an improved defense which held opponents at 99.2 ppg (8th best in the NBA). On the offensive side the Kings were led by Mitch Richmond who scored 22.8 ppg while winning the All-Star Game MVP, as the Kings battled all season for the eighth and final playoff spot. Ending their string of eight staright seasons with less then 30 wins the Kings faced the Denver Nuggets on the final day of the season for the final playoff spot. However, the Nuggets would win and the Kings would go home with a 39-43 record.
1995/96: The Kings would finally end their nine year playoff drought by winning 14 of their last 24 games to rally and capture the eighth and final playoff spot with a record of 39-43. In the playoffs the Kings split the first 2 games with Supersonics in Seattle earning their first postseason win in 15 years. However, when the series shifted to ARCO Arena the Kings would leave their loyal fans disappointed dropping both games at home to exit the playoffs in 4 games.
1996/97: Coming off their first playoff appearance in 10 years expectation in Sacramento were high. However injuries, and a tough early-season schedule, would clobber the Kings as they won just eight of their first 25 games. The Kings would rebound to get back in playoff contention with a 28-32 record. However, the wheels would fall off as Kings went on a seven game losing streak costing Coach Gary St. Jean his job. Under his replacement Eddie Jordan the Kings would finish with a 34-48 record missing the playoffs by just two games.
1997/98: The Kings decided a renewed devotion to youth with the quartet of talented rookies. Michael Stewart, Anthony Johnson, Tariq Abdul-Wahad and Lawrence Funderburke, as Mitch Richmond continued to play at an All-Star level averaging 23.2 ppg. However, the Kings would still struggle posting a record of 27-55.
1998/99: The NBA seasons would be cut in half by a 4-month lockout. When the season did start in February the Kings had undergone a dramatic change as Mitch Richmond was traded to the Washington Wizards for Chris Webber. In addition the Kings signed Vlade Divac and drafted Jason Williams, to have one of the most exciting teams in the NBA. Williams who earned the nickname "White Chocolate" would be a regular on Sportscenter with his fancy play making skill as Chris Webber brought the loyal fans of Sacramento to their feet with his monster jams. The Kings would go on to post their first winning record in 16 years with a record of 27-23, under new Coach Rick Adelman. In the playoffs the Kings would throw a scare into the Utah Jazz sending the decisive fifth game to overtime where they final fell 99-92.
1999/00: Coming off a winning record in a strike shortened season much was expected of the Kings, who would not disappoint continuing to play an exciting brand of basketball while posting a 44-38 record which was good enough for the 8th playoff spot. In the playoffs the Kings would give fans at ARCO Arena something to cheer about as they rallied from a 0-2 defect to force a fifth and deciding game with the Los Angels Lakers by winning both home playoff games. However, the Lakers would easily win Game 5 at home and go on to win the NBA Championship.
2000/01: After two straight playoff seasons the Kings would make it into the NBA's elite status by challenging for the Pacific Division all season, falling just one game short with a solid 55-27 record, along the way the Kings set an NBA record with 89 wins in overtime. In the playoffs the Kings would get their first taste of success as they won their first playoff series in 20 years by beating the Phoenix Suns in four games. However, the Kings were not ready for primetime as they were swept in four straight games by the Los Angeles Lakers.
2001/02: Entering the season the Kings would have a changing of the guard as they traded Jason Williams to the Memphis Grizzlies for Mike Bibby. Though less flashy Bibby was a much better pure point guard, as he helped the Kings finish in the league's top five in several categories, including defensive rebounding (first), scoring (second), rebounding (second), steals (third), field goal percentage (second), and assists (fourth), as the Kings finished with best record in the NBA while posting a franchise best 61-21 record. In the playoffs the Kings would shake off early struggles to beat the Utah Jazz in four games. Moving on to the second Round the Kings would start to get hot as they easily beat the Dallas Mavericks in five games to set up a much anticipated match up with Los Angeles Lakers for the Western Conference Finals. In what was widely considered the real NBA Finals the Kings and Lakers met in one of the best playoff series in NBA history. After splitting the first two games at ARCO Arena the Kings seized control of the series with a 103-90 win in Game 3. With a chance to go up three games to one, the Kings led the Lakers by two points in the final seconds of Game 4 as Kobe Bryant missed a shot with time winding down. However the rebound would bounce to Robert Horry who nailed a 3-point shot as the time expired to even the series at 2 for the Lakers. In Game 5 the Kings would give the Lakers a taste of their own medicine as Mike Bibby gave the Kings a 92-91 win, with 8.2 seconds left. Looking to close out the Lakers in Game 6 the Kings would be pushed to a seventh game in controversial foul filled game in which the Lakers had 40 free throws, winning 106-102. Years later disgraced referee Tim Donaghy alleged the NBA instructed officals to extend the series to seven games, thus leading them to call more fouls in favor of the Lakers. In Game 7 back in Sacramento the game would go back and forth much like the series itself with 16 ties and 19 lead changes, going into overtime tied at 100. However, the Kings would run out of gas in overtimes as the Lakers scored the final nine points to pull out a 112-106 win.
2002/03: Coming off their loss in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals most expected the Kings to be one of the top contenders in the NBA again. Early in the season the Kings Roster depth was put to a test early as several players were on the injured list including Mike Bibby. However, in Bibby's absence Bobby Jackson more then filled the void establishing himself as one of the best back ups early in the season on the way to winning the NBA 6th Man Award, as the Kings humped out to a solid 18-5 season. Through out the entire season the Kings depth was put to the test as nearly every player missed several games during the season. However, the Kings would overcome adversity and would easily win the Pacific Division with a terrific 59-23 record. In the playoffs the Kings would cruise in the first round eliminating the Utah Jazz in five games, as the first round became a best of seven series for the first time ever. In the second round the Kings got off to a strong start beating the Dallas Mavericks on the road 124-113 in Game 1. However, in a 132-110 loss in Game 2 the Kings depth would be put to the test again as Chris Webber suffered a season ending knee injury. Despite the loss of Webber the Kings were able to fight their way to a seventh game. However, in the end the loss of Webber would be too much to overcome as the Kings lost to the Mavs on the road in Game 7 by a score of 112-99.
2003/04: Despite Chris Webber being sidelined after knee surgery most of the season the Kings jumped out thanks to the MVP type numbers put up by Peja Stojokovic. In December as the Los Angeles Lakers struggled, the Kings took advantage taking control of the Pacific Division leading by as many as seven games. However after the All-Star Break the Kings began to struggling losing Bobby Jackson to an injury an abdominal injury. Webber would return in March but instead of helping the Kings it seemed to hurt the Kings as it messed up the team's chemistry, as the Kings played mediocre 12-12 basketball over the final six weeks losing the division title to the Lakers on the final day of the season while posting a record of 55-27. In the playoffs the struggling Kings faced the Dallas Mavericks who knocked them out of the playoffs a year earlier, with the first two games at home the Kings jumped out to a 2-0 series, lead after dropping Game 3 the Kings rebounded with a thrilling 94-92 win in Game 4 to take a stranglehold on the series on the way to taking the series in five games. In the second Round the Kings were matched up against the Minnesota Timberwolves, where they would draw first blood winning Game 1 on the road 104-98 led by 33 points from Mike Bibby. After dropping Game 2 the series shifted back to Sacramento where they would lose a heartbreaker in overtime 114-113. The teams would alternate wins over the next three games as the series went the full 7 games where the Kings season ended in heartbreak again with an 83-80 loss as the Kings could not contain Kevin Garnett who had an MVP performance with 32 points and 21 rebounds.
2004/05: The Kings would begin the season by going through Texas and losing their first three games as they started the season against three top teams on the road. The Kings would rebound right away winning 13 of their next 15. However, they would never get to see first place as they were unable to catch up to the Phoenix Suns who came flying out of the gate. In February the Kings began to struggle as they were in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference Playoff Chase, forcing the team in to a tough decision as they decided to trade Chris Webber to the Philadelphia 76ers with the hopes of getting a better defense for the playoffs. In return the Kings would receive Corliss Williams, Kenny Thomas and Brian Skinner. The deal would not work out as plan as the Kings would not improve down the stretch posting a 14-11 record over the final two months, as they ended up with the sixth seed in the NBA Playoffs while finishing in second Place in the Pacific Division with a record of 50-32. In the playoffs where it matter most the Kings would not be a strong as they hoped as they were knocked off by the Seattle Supersonics easily in five games.
2005/06: The Kings stumbled out of the gate as they won just one of their first five games starting from an embarrassing 93-67 loss to the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on opening night. In December the Kings struggles continued as they dropped to 10-17 following a five game losing streak. Struggling at 17-24 and out of the playoff picture on January 24th the Kings looked to shake things up by trading Peja Stojakovic to the Indiana Pacers for the controversial Ron Artest. Though a player that would improve the Kings porous defense Artest came to Sacramento with plenty of baggage following a riot in 2004 that led to nearly a year long suspension and a public feud with the Pacers that ended with him being sent home while they worked out a deal. The Kings continued to play mediocre basketball as they adjusted to their new addition entering the All-Star Break with a record of 24-29. When the break was over the Kings suddenly turned things around as they won 9 of 12 to get back into playoff contention and back to .500, setting up a strong finish that saw them post a 7-1 record in April that enabled the Kings to slip into the playoffs with a record of 44-38. In the playoffs the Kings would face the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. Not surprisingly the Kings fell behind early losing the first two games in San Antonio. However, as the series shifted to ARCO Arena the Kings got renewed energy from the sixth man as they edged the Spurs 94-93 in Game 3 then blew out the Spurs 102-84 in Game 4. After losing in Game 5 on the road, the Kings were not able to find the same home court magic in Game 6 as they were eliminated with a 105-83 loss. Following the season an era came to an end as Rick Adelman who led the Kings to playoff appearance in all eight seasons at the helm was replaced by Eric Musselman.
2006/07: Trouble started for the Kings early as Coach Eric Musselman was arrested for a DUI, while Ron Artest was cited for neglecting his dogs. Despite the problems the Kings got off to a solid start posting an 8-5 record at the end of November. However, with the arrival of December the Kings began to struggle losing five straight as they slipped under .500. In January the Kings fell further landing in last place as they lost seven in a row. After a mediocre February, the Kings problems got worse in March as Ron Artest was arrested arrested for domestic assault. While the Kings investigated the charge, Artest was suspended for nearly a week as the Kings continued to struggle, finishing with a terrible record of 33-49, ending an eight year streak of consecutive playoff appearances. The only bring sport was the play of Kevin Martin, who had a break out season with 20.2 ppg, while averaging 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists, as he finished second in Most Improved Player voting. Following the season the Kings would fire Coach Eric Musselman after just one season at the helm, replacing him with former Kings star Reggie Theus.
2007/08: When Reggie Theus played for the Kings, they barely mattered in the NBA as they were just starting out in their new home in Sacramento. Unfortunately, when he returned to coach the Kings, they were again in the early stages of rebuilding and again did not matter in the NBA. Beginning with a 5-10 start the Kings were never in the playoff picture, as they ended up finishing in fourth place with a record of 38-44. Along the way the Kings continued to remake their roster trading Point Guard Mike Bibby Bibby to the Atlanta Hawks for Tyronn Lue, Anthony Johnson, Shelden Williams, Lorenzen Wright and a second round draft pick. Providing a bright spot for Kings fans was Kevin Martin who led the team with 23.7 ppg. Following the season the Kings continued to make changes trading Ron Artest and the draft rights to Patrick Ewing Jr. and Sean Singletary to the Houston Rockets for one time Kings star Bobby Jackson, Donté Greene, a future first round draft pick, and cash considerations.
2008/09: The Kings experienced more change just before the season began as Sharif Abdur-Rahim due to a persistent knee injury. When the season began the Kings struggles continued as they got off to a 6-18 start, which led to the firing of Coach Reggie Theus. The Kings would win their first game under new Coach Kenny Natt, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves at home 118-103 on December 15th. However, they would drop their next six games, before beating the Los Angeles Clippers on New Year's Eve, as they started 2009 with a miserable 8-24 record. Things would not get better as they won just three of their next 28 games and found themselves hopelessly in last place, as attendance at the ARCO Arena continue a rapid decline as whispers of the Kings moving to Las Vegas continued, as the Maloof Brother began pressing Sacramento for a new arena. Wins would continue to be rare the remainder of the season, as the Kings posted the worst record in the NBA at 17-65, which also was their worst record in franchise history including their years in Rochester, Cincinnati and Kansas City. Despite their awful season, the Kings bad luck continued in the draft lottery as they ended up getting the fourth overall pick, which is the lowest a team with the worst record could get under the NBA Draft Lottery rules. With that fourth pick the Kings would select Memphis point guard Tyreke Evans.
2009/10: After posting the worst record in the NBA the Kings named Paul Westphal as their new coach. Hoping to improve, the Kings got off to a rough start, losing their first three games on the road. However, when they played their first game at home, the result was much better as they beat the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime 127-116, with Kevin Martin scoring 48 points. It would be the start of string where the Kings won five of six games. The Kings would trade a four game losing streak with a four game winning streak as they held a 9-8 record on December 2nd. However, they again lost four in a row as they dropped below .500 where they would stay the rest of the season. After entering the New Year with a 14-17 record, the bottom fell out for the Kings season, as they posted a horrible 2-13 record during January. The struggles continued in February as the Kings dropped four straight to begin the month. Wins would be scarce throughout the second half of the season as the Kings again finished last in the Pacific Division with a record of 25-57. Despite the struggles of the team Tyreke Evans had a tremendous rookie season, becoming just the fourth rookie in NBA history behind legends Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James to average 20-5-5. Evans would win become the first Kings player to win Rookie of the Year with 20.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, and 5.8 apg.
2010/11: After Tyreke Evans terrific rookie year, the Kings hoped to continue to make strides, as DeMarcus Cousins was chosen with the number five overall pick in the NBA Draft. After winning two of their first three games on the road, the Kings had a successful home opener, beating the Toronto Raptors 111-108 as Tyreke Evans scored 23 points, while Samuel Dalembert had 14 rebounds. However, they would win just one of their next 15 games, as they went into the New Year with a terrible record of 6-23. The Kings struggles would continue in January, though they did have a few bright spots as they won road games against the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, as DeMarcus Cousins began to play better after early season struggles. In February things would get real bleak in Sacramento as rumors surfaced that the Kings were in talks with Anaheim to relocate to Southern California. The Maloofs even trademarked the name Anaheim Royals, as the Kings ended February assured of a losing record at 15-43. The Kings would go on to finish the season with an awful record of 24-58, finishing last in the Pacific Division. As the season wrapped up with a 116-108 loss to the Lakers at Power Balance Pavilion, most thought the Kings were on their way out of town, as longtime announces Grant Napear and Jerry Reynolds tearfully signed off and said good bye. However, just before the owner's meeting where it was expected the move would be formally announced, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA All-Star with the Phoenix Suns, in a surprise announcement, during a presentation to the league that Ron Burkle, a billionaire associate of former President Bill Clinton wanted to buy the Kings and keep them in Sacramento. Johnson also pledged some $10 million from local businesses as a show of support from Sacramento. With this deal the Kings remained in Sacramento for the 2011/12 season, knowing if a deal could not be worked out for a new arena they would be leaving following the season.
2011/12: After a lockout delayed the start of the season until Christmas, the future of the Kings in Sacramento became the focus, as Joe and Gavin Maloof were actively seeking new cities to bring the franchise to, as California's Capital city continued to work on a deal for a new arena. When the season finally started on December 26th, the Kings started with a win, as they upset the Los Angeles Lakers 100-91. However, the Kings won just five of their next six games, as Coach Paul Westphal was fired on January 5th. Westphal would be replaced by Keith Smart, who guided the Kings to a 103-100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in his first game as coach. However, wins in January were scarce, as the Kings ended January in last place with a record of 6-15. The Kings showed signs of improvement in February, as they won three of four games, but again took another step backward with a six game losing streak. Off the court the news was a bit better for Sacramento, as Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA All-Star announced a tentative deal on the construction of a $387 million facility in the rail yards in downtown Sacramento. The city would pay up-front more than $250 million, raised by leasing city-owned parking lots to a private company. The Maloofs would contribute $75 million up-front as well as the money from the sale of the current Sleep Train Arena. In addition they would pay a 5% surcharge on ticket sales to generate another $75 million through the span of the deal. Arena operator AEG was to contribute another $60 million up-front for the right to operate the arena. With this agreement, it was expected that the Kings would play in the new arena as early as 2015. The deal would even get approval of the city council, but as the Kings went on to finish in the cellar with a record of 22-44 the Maloof brothers suddenly backed out of the deal. The Kings were to stay in Sacramento for the 2012/13 season, but it an all likelihood it is set to be their final season in Sacramento as the once loyal fan base had soured on the team and went from one of the top teams in attendance to one of the worst. In the otherwise bleak season, the play of Marcuse Thornton and DeMarcus Cousins were the only bright spot.
First Game Played October 25, 1985
One Sports Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (916) 928-0000
Phil Johnson 1985/86-1986/87
Jerry Reynolds 1986/87
Bill Russell 1987/88
Jerry Reynolds 1987/88-1989/90
Dick Motta 1989/90-1991/92
Rex Hughes 1991/92
Gary St. Jean 1992/93-1996/97
Eddie Jordan 1996/97-1997/98
Rick Adelman 1998/99-2005/06
Eric Musselman 2006/07
Reggie Theus 2007/08-2008/09
Kenny Natt 2008/09
Paul Westphal 2009/10-2011/12
Keith Smart 2011/12-Present
ARCO Arena I 1985/86-1987/88
Sleep Train Arena* 1988/89-
*-Known as Arco Arena 1988-2011, Power Balance Pavillon 2011/12
NBA Conference Finals: (1)
NBA Division Champions: (2)
NBA Playoff Appearences: (10)
1986, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Hall of Famers: (1)
Ralph Sampson C 1989-1991
Retired Numbers: (10)
1 Tiny Archibald G 1970-1976
2 Mitch Richmond G 1991-1998
4 Chris Webber F 1998-2005
6 Sacramento Fans (6th Man)
11 Bob Davies F 1945-1955
12 Maurice Stokes F 1955-1958
14 Oscar Robertson G 1960-1970
21 Vlade Divac C 1998-2004
27 Jack Twyman F 1955-1966
44 Sam Lacey C 1970-1982
All-Star Games Hosted:
All-Star Game MVP: (1)
1995 Mitch Richmond G
Coach of the Year:
Most Improved Player:
Rookie of the Year: (1)
2010 Tyreke Evans G
NBA 6th Man: (1)
2003 Bobby Jackson G
Deffensive Player of the Year:
NBA Finals MVP:
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